Albany, NY – School budgets will go before the voters across New York State in just over one month from now, but without a state budget agreement in Albany, school boards and districts face a challenge trying to put together a spending plan. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – The sweetness of a maple tree's sap determines how much will be needed to make a gallon of maple syrup. Researchers in Vermont and New York are trying to find ways to predict or propagate the sweetest of maple trees. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Poughkeepsie, NY – The Environmental Protection Agency has come out with a list of areas across the nation that fail to meet smog standards. In New York, counties across the state do not meet the agency's mark, including three in the Hudson Valley. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Boston, MA – Hundreds of families across Massachusetts - and tens of thousands across the country - could be homeless as early as June 1. That's if the Department of Housing and Urban Development stands by a projected budget cut. The sudden announcement has thrown housing advocates and politicians scrambling, trying to reverse HUD's decision. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
North Elba, NY – Several Adirondack communities want to form a new county. Officials supporting the move say the way Essex County distributes taxes isn't fair and is detrimental to community development opportunities. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Hudson, NY – New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is the latest elected official to request that a Pakastani immigrant who was living in Hudson, New York, remain in the United States. Ansar Mahmood has been in a federal detention facility for more than two years, and faces deportation. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Albany, NY – New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D) is calling for the federal government to place more funding and attention on railroad security after the Madrid train bombings last month. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Kingston, NY – President Bush will hold a press conference this evening, the third of his presidency to be televised in prime-time. The press conference will be the grounds for two issues: one, what the president knew ahead of the September Eleventh attacks; and, two, his response to the number of casualties in Iraq. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has some pre-speech reaction from some who hold out little hope he will say what they want to hear.
Stockbridge, MA – A controversial school for troubled students in Berkshire County will reportedly close this summer. The news comes after a strong of state investigations into the DeSisto school over health and safety concerns. Despite some of the school's tangles with the state, many parents remain strong supporters of the school. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Dalton, MA – Massachusetts' longest serving Republican in the House of Representatives announced Friday he won't seek another term. Representative Shaun Kelly was first elected to the House in 1990. He tells WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson that it was a difficult decision not to seek re-election, but that he never intended to make a career of politics.